1⁄350Port of Montevideo
The Admiral Graf SpeeOn December 13, 1939, Nazi Germany would receive its bit hit on the chin of World War II. Three British Cruisers, the HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles, would engage one of Germany’s pocket battleships off the coast of Uruguay and Argentina near the estuary of the River Plate. The battle was swift and too much surprise, decidedly against the obviously more powerful Admiral Graf Spee where the smaller and very much relentless cruisers of the British fleet would strike a crippling blow to the Graf Spee causing her to limp into the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay.
At this point in the war, Uruguay was neutral and after a short cat and mouse game between the British Admiralty and diplomats along with the Uruguayan Government, the Graf Spee would have to leave the port and was given 72 hours to go. The Graf Spee’s Captain was under the belief that the ship was predestined, ordered the removal of his men and subsequently the destroying of the ship itself. On December 17, 1939, the Admiral Graf Spee limped from the Port of Montevideo and was scuttled.
The Port of Montevideo
Kostas Katseas shares with us his depiction of the end results of the first major clash between Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine and Allied Naval Forces of the Second World War where the outcome would be decisively in the hands of the Allies. The centerpiece to this watery Diorama is his 1/350 Scale pocket battleship, the Admiral Graf Spee.
Kostas has used Trumpeter’s 1/350 German Pocket Battleship Admiral Graf Spee kit enhanced with photo etch supplied form White Ensign , a tug boat from Alliance Models, a scratch-built barge by Kostas himself, North Star figures and more. Kostas has depicted the ship during the offloading the dead and crew while the captain gives a speech. Kostas lets us know that he is “…not sure all this happened in this order or the locations but this is how I imagined it anyway.”
Model Shipwrights would like to thank Kostas Katseas for proving us with a photo feature of his Admiral Graf Spee in the Port of Montevideo.
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